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blasts him. she is not alone. and george zimmerman auctioning off the gun he killed trayvon martin. i'm christine romans. welcome to "early start." >> i'm john berman. a big day for donald trump and big day for the republican party. hours from now, donald trump, the presumptive republican nominee, will try to convince the highest elected ranking republican that donald trump should be president. trump meets with speaker paul ryan one week after he said he refuses to endorse donald trump yet. many are pushing ryan to fall in line behind trump or risk fracturing the party. we have cnn's sara murray with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. will there be party unity?
today may be the day to give us the best indication. donald trump is traveling to washington to meet face-to-face with house speaker paul ryan. that is after ryan said he wasn't ready to fall in line and endorse donald trump. he said they need to get to know each other a little bit. today is the opportunity to do that in washington, d.c. what we have seen is trump supporters are laying the ground work on the hill reaching out to paul ryan. ben carson has spoken to paul ryan and donald trump has been saying and tweeting more optimistic things about the meeting. >> i think he's a good man and i really think, you know, probably we'll come out with something that's probably good, i hope. otherwise i'll continue on the path i'm on. >> i don't really know him. i met him once in 2012. we had a good conversation in march on the phone.
we need to get to know each other. >> reporter: all of this could be laying the ground work for them saying there is common ground. we want to reduce the deficit and debt. we want to cut middle class taxes. we want the possibility that it could end in fireworks and we should get a better sense of that and we will have a sense of that. donald trump under fire. refusing to promise he will release his tax returns before the november election. trump promised to release his taxes last year. since then, he said his taxes are audited by the irs. the irs says trump is free to release the returns if he wants. it is up to him. there is nothing legally precluding him from releasing those tax returns. even under audit. trump has no plans to push his lawyers on releasing them before
november. >> if you were my client under audit, i would say don't release them. there may be some. >> if there are, they are meaningless. at the right time, i'll release them. i hope to release them. i like to release them. when i'm under audit, i can't do that. >> mitt romney not buying his excuse. writing it is disqualifying for a modern day nominee to refuse releasing taxes to the voters. especially one under public scrutiny. there is one logical explanation. there is a bombshell in them. given his history, we can only assume is a bombshell of unusual size. what could you see? you would not see net worth. you would see what he made or lost, what he gave to charity or didn't give to charity. you would see the pattern of the financial operating books.
>> you see what he paid in taxes. if he paid taxes. i don't mean that in a bad way. if you are in real estate, you can report a loss and your tax rate is next to nothing. >> how unusual is it not to release your tax returns? richard nixon released his which were audited. the famous line of "i am not a crook" was not about watergate. it was about his tax returns. presidents have released tax returns or really good summary of their taxes. this is the biggest job in fact world. the biggest job interview in the world. taxes go along with that. >> hillary clinton jumping on the refusal for now to release his tax returns. this comes as bernie sanders campaigns in south dakota. he suggests he is the best to defeat donald trump. jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are still running against each other for the next
month. when you listen to them on the campaign trail, they are focused on donald trump. campaigning in new jersey on wednesday, hillary clinton seized on donald trump's refusal to release his tax return. >> when you run for president, especially when you become the nominee, that is expected. my husband and i released 33 years of tax returns. we got eight years on our web site right now. so you have to ask yourself why doesn't he want to release them? >> reporter: that is an issue that clinton will bring up as she focuses on donald trump for the general election. she has a major lead in delegates over bernie sanders. that is not stopping sanders from staying in the race. campaigning in montana, he said he is the strongest candidate to take donald trump on. >> if you look at the polls taken, national polls, state
polls, bernie sanders is the strongest democratic candidate to defeat donald trump. >> reporter: a handful of contests remain in the democratic race. hillary clinton is doing double duty. focusing on bernie sanders and donald trump. sanders is trying to stay in the race for the next month. he will have a decision to make in terms of what he does between then and the convention. john and christine. >> jeff, thank you. the director of the fbi says there is no special set of rules to investigating hillary clinton's e-mails. james comey spoke to the reporter s on wednesday. he says he feels pressure to conduct this promptly. he said he would always choose well and he would not be rushed to finish the e-mail probe before the election. one america. two economies. this is showing how fast the
middle class is shrinking. middle class shrank 90% between 2000 and 2014. 51% of americans lived in middle class america in 2014. that is down from 55% from the year 2000. the housing crash in the great recession hit certain places harder than others. this is what americans are feeling. the middle class has a median income of $72,919 for a three-person family. that's down from $77,898 from 1999. that tells you something. they don't feel they had a raise in a long time. wages are the missing part of the recovery. >> a story you will not believe this morning.
george zimmerman is selling the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. an online auction starts hours from now. he claims self defense for shooting the teen in 2012. he was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. he called the pistol a piece of american history. >> i thought it was time to move past the firearm. if i sell it and it sells, i move past it. what i decided to do is not cower. i'm a free american. i can do what i like with my possessions. >> zimmerman also wrote he will use some of the money from the auction to fight quote black
lives matter against law enforcement officers. bidding starts at $5,000. the former south carolina officer who killed walter scott as he tried to flee from a traffic stop has been indicted from a grand jury. this video became a central part of police tactics. the grand jury said michael slager killed scott without justification. let's get more from martin savidge. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. for the family of the victim walter scott, it was another difficult day, but it confirms his death was not in vain. federal charges against a police officer in these circumstances are rare. as we already know, the video taken by a bystander of michael slager, the police officer
shooting walter scott is disturbing. the federal charges include deprivation of rights under the color of law which means the police officer used excessive force to deprive the rights in the case of walter scott to take his life. the second charge of using a gun during the commission of the crime and on top of that, a third charge that says he obstructed justice. the implication there is that michael slager lied to officers when he said that walter scott was charging toward him. that's why he fired his weapon. again, very significant charges. if convicted on the federal charges, slager could get life. john and christine. >> martin, thanks for that. bench trial under way this morning for one of six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie gray. he faces three misdemeanor charges of reckless assault and
misconduct in office. he had no business apprehending gray. and james comey believes police officers are fearful of confronting suspects because of ending up in a video. in the past, the department pointed out statistics to confirm this theory that comey has. he says he hears from officers around the country. a man who went on a deadly rampage at the planned parenthood unfit to stand trial. robert dear's murder case is on
hold while a state mental hospital takes his case. and a jail term upheld for the affluenza teen. ethan couch fled to mexico to avoid arrest. his lawyers argued the teen was so spoiled by his rich parents, he could not tell right from wrong. deadly explosion back in 2013 at a fertilizer plant was caused by a criminal act. that was the cause listed from the atf. more than 200 injured in the blast in the town of west north of waco. officials are offering a $50,000 reward for the person setting the fire at the facility. missouri is cleaning up following the severe weather. tremendous winds uprooted that tree in st. louis. others crashed down into homes.
so many trees down on homes and cars. a lot of hail as well. there's a pictures on twitter that shows the hail. very big in some cases. it all came down with such force that it smashed rear windows of cars. you can see that right there. bad storm. a new round of thunderstorms aimed at the midwest and south. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for more. >> john and christine, wednesday was the first day since the 6th of may, last friday, we had no reports of tornadoes in the u.s. that was great news. you see 100 reports of hail damage and 80 reports of severe wind across the u.s. as you notice in st. louis, northern suburb of st. charles, grapefruit-sized hail. the storms expected to pop up this afternoon. you can pick out where we take the model depiction across the area from the ohio valley out
toward northern texas where we have 21 million people in line for severe weather. memphis, nashville, cincinnati and cleveland. in line for the straight line winds and large hail. you cannot rule out isolated tornadoes to pop up along the boundary. those temperatures, as mild as they come for expansive area. oklahoma city and chicago and new york at 76 degrees. cooling trend for saturday and sunday. thank you. breaking news behind a deadly bombing in baghdad. what is the latest behind those attacks? that's next. plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay.
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three iraqi police officers killed overnight when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in baghdad. more than 90 people killed and 160 wounded in three bombings on wednesday. isis is taking responsibility for the attacks. cnn's jomana karadsheh tracking the latest from ammon, jordan. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the most bloodiest attack that took place on wednesday was in the other than part of the capital. in the shi'ite slum. a heavily populated area. a car bomb detonating early in the morning at the market. this is the time the markets would be packed with shoppers. mothers with young children and lots of civilians. that death toll was staggering. 64 people killed. dozens more injured in that attack. later on in the day, two suicide
bombings striking one at a shi'a area and one at a sunni neighborhood. dozens of people killed. as you mentioned, isis claiming responsibility for the attacks. targeting members of the shi'a paramilitary groups. as we saw in the heartbreaking images, it is the iraqi civilians who bore the brunt of the attacks. really, christine, if we look at what's been going on, it seems to be a message from isis. it has been losing ground in parts of western iraq and northern iraq, the group still has the ability to carry out the devastating attacks like on wednesday or this morning. we don't know it is isis, but it has the hallmarks of the attacks that have been carried out by isis in the past. and possibly some would say trying to draw attention to baghdad away from the battle
field away from mosul and other areas. >> jomana, thank you. the obama administration deploying more special operation forces to stop isis and al qaeda from gaining a foothold from beyond iraq and syria. the general charge of the operation says they are planning the expansion of the global operations. the teams have been called in to small wars in certain terror hot spots. among them libya and other parts of africa. the lure of war in the u.s. is waning. fewer americans are traveling abroad to fight along the terrorists. comey says in the first half of 2015, up to ten people a month were leaving or attempting to leave to join isis. that number has dropped to one a month today. the director did not offer an explanation for that decline. a high stakes summer with
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endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. will republicans rally around donald trump? high stakes meetings today in washington. donald trump/paul ryan. will they make nice? hillary clinton blasting donald trump for not releasing his tax returns. she's not the only one. breaking overnight. george zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. hear george zimmerman in his own words. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. a big day on capitol hill for donald trump and the republican party. trump meets with the highest ranking elected official in the
party. house speaker paul ryan. now many republicans are pushing ryan to fall in line behind trump or risk fracturing the party going into the general election. cnn's sara murray has the latest from washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. will there be party unity in the gop or not so much? today might be the day that gives us the best indication so far. this is the day donald trump travels to washington to meet face-to-face with house speaker paul ryan after ryan said he wasn't ready to endorse trump. he said the two need to get to know each other a little bit. today is an opportunity for them to do that in d.c. what we have already seen is trump supporters starting to lay the ground work so supporters have been reaching out to paul ryan. ben carson has spoken to paul
ryan. donald trump has been saying and tweeting more optimistic things about the meeting. >> i think he's a good man. i really think, you know, probably we'll come out with something that's going to be good, i hope. otherwise will continue on the path i continue on. >> i don't really know him. i met him once in person in 2012. we had a good conversation in march on tphone. we are enjoying a chance that we have an opportunity to meet with him. >> reporter: the two groups are saying there is common ground. we want to reduce the deficit and cut taxes on middle class families. with donald trump, there is a possibility it could end on a rocky fashion and it could end if fireworks. we should get a better sense of that in a few hours. back to you. >> sara, thank you. donald trump is under fire for promising to release his tax
returns before the election. you remember the last couple years trump promised he would release his taxes, but since then, his returns since 2009 are being audited. the irs says trump is free to release his returns. trump says he has no plans to push lawyers to release them before november. >> if you were my client and under audit, i would say don't release them. there are some that may be released. >> if there are, they are meaningless. it doesn't matter because they are so far back. at the right time, i would release them. i would like to release them. when i'm under order, i can't do that. >> former nominee mitt romney not buying his excuse. he wrote on facebook it is disqualifying for a modern day nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters. especially one is not subject to
public juscrutiny. we can only assume there is a bombshell. it will not show net worth. >> here is what it shows. taxable income and tax rate. what deductions they take. how much they give to charity. you get a picture of the priorities of that person as reflected through tax return. >> real estate mogul. there are gains and losses every year. it is not inconceivable that a tax rate is low on a given year. >> and a lot of people are saying is the excuse valid? other candidates released their tax returns during an audit. richard nixon among them. an audit does not preclude you from releasing your returns.
his attorneys are probably telling him not to. this is the biggest job in the world. trump has long promised he would release tax returns. way back in 2011, maybe i will do the tax returns when obama does his birth certificate. i would love to give my tax returns. i may tie my tax returns into obama's birth certificate. this is what he has to say now. >> i have no objection to certainly showing tax returns. >> getting any closer to releasing your tax returns? >> i'm thinking about it. i think maybe when we find out the true story on hillary's e-mails. >> i can't do it until the audit is finished. obviously. >> hillary clinton is now jumping on trump's refusal to release the tax returns. this as bernie sanders campaigns in south dakota. cnn's jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine,
hillary clinton and bernie sanders are running against each other for the next month or so. when you see them on the campaign trail, they are focusing on donald trump. hillary clinton jumped on the refusal of donald trump's tax returns. >> my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we have eight years on our web site right now. so you have to ask yourself why doesn't he want to release them? >> reporter: that clearly is an issue that clinton will keep bringing up again and again as she focuses on donald trump for the general election. she has a major lead in delegates over bernie sanders. that is not stopping bernie sanders from staying in the race. in montana on wednesday, he focused on trump as well. he said he is the strongest democrat to take him on. >> if you look at virtually every poll taken over the last
month or six weeks, national polls, state polls, bernie sanders is the strongest democratic candidate to defeat donald trump. >> reporter: a handful of contests remain in the democratic primary race. hillary clinton is doing double duty. focusing on bernie sanders and donald trump. bernie sanders is trying to stay in the race as well at least in the conversation for the next month. then he will have a decision to make between what he does between then and the convention. the fbi director says there are no special set of rules for investigating hillary clinton's e-mails. james comey said he feels pressured to conduct the probe well and promptly. he said he will not be rushed to finish the e-mail probe before the election. time for an early start on your money. stocks are higher after a tumble yesterday.
investors are concerned about how much investors are spending or not spending. stocks in asia and europe are mixed. watch shares of macy's this morning. this is the consumer fear. the stock plummeted 15%. the retailer had the worst quarter since the great recession. macy's was one of the worst in the s&p last year. they had stabilized this year. its performance alone spreading concerns about the entire u.s. retail sector. macy's says sales are weak. they are spending less at the flagship stores. plans to revamp the clothing lineup and deal with lady gaga and elton john. macy's cut the forecast for the rest of the year. i wonder if donald trump is doing a happy dance. his goods used to be sold at macy's. >> that was one of the first feuds of the campaign. a shooting that sparked civil rights protests across the country. the gun now for sale?
all right. breaking overnight. george zimmerman is selling the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. an online auction starts hours from now. the neighborhood watch volunteer claimed self defense after killing the teen in 2012. zimmerman called the pistol a piece of american history. >> i thought it was time to move past the firearm and if i sell it and it sells, i move past it. what i decided to do is not cower. i'm a free american and i can do what i like with my possessions.
>> zimmerman also wrote he will use some of the money from the auction to fight quote black lives matter violence against law enforcement officers. bidding starts at $5,000. you have to wonder what the family of trayvon martin thinks about this. >> a shock. 45 minutes past the hour. the former south carolinas officer who killed walter scott as he tried to flee from a traffic stop has been indicted from the grand jury. the video of the shooting became a central part of the discussion about police tactics. michael slager faces a possible life sentence for the alleged civil rights violation. the grand jury ruled he shot scott without justification. he is also charged with knowingly misleading investigators. let's get more on this from martin savidge. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. for the family of the victim here, walter scott, it was another difficult day.
they also say his death was not in vain. federal charges against a police officer in these circumstance are extremely rare. as we already know, the video taken by a bystander of michael slager, the police officer shooting walter scott, is extremely disturbing. the charge, deprivation of rights. under the color of law, it means the police officer used excessive force to deprive the rights in the case of walter scott to take his life. a second charge of using the gun in the commission of that crime and on top of that, a third charge that says he obstructed justice. the implication there is that michael slager lied to officers when he said that walter scott was charging toward him. that's why he fired his weapon. again, very significant charges. if convicted on the federal charges, slager could get life. john and christine.
>> martin, thank you. a bench trial gets under way for one of the six officers charged in the death of freddie gray. the officer faces reckless assault and endangerment and misconduct in office. he had no business apprehending gray in the first place. the director of the fbi once again blaming a video effect for an alarming rise in homicides. james comey says police officers are hesitant to confront suspects because they could wind up in a video. the obama administration disputed the theory the last time comey raised it. and a judge declared the man who wept on a deadly rampage in a planned parenthood clinic
unfit to stand trial. robert dear admits to killing three people and wounding nine. his case is on hold while a state mental hospital tries to treat him and see if he is competent to stand trial. a judge upheld a jail term for the affluenza teen. ethan couch killed four people in 2013 when he was 16 years old. his lawyers argued the teen was so spoiled by his parents, he could not tell from right or wrong. a deadly fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in 2013 in texas was caused by a criminal act. that is the ruling from the atf. 15 people died and more than 200 people injured in the blast in the rural town of west located north of waco. officials are offering a $50,000
reward to help find the person responsible for setting the fire. and missouri cleaning up after a round of severe weather. a tree landing on this home and other trees landing on cars. this tree came down with such force, the hail stones matched this car's rear window. a new round of thunderstorms aimed at the midwest and south. let's get the latest from meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, a line of severe storms along the frontal boundary which is about 1,000 miles from texas to areas of the great lakes. in line here for places like chicago and eventually in cincinnati and cleveland. the severe weather on a scale of 1 to 5, a 2 in line here. for straight line winds and we
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breaking news this morning. three iraqi police officers killed overnight when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a station house in baghdad. it has been a disturbingly violent week in the iraqi capital. more than 90 people killed and 160 wounded in bombings yesterday. isis is taking responsibility for those attacks. cnn's jomana karadsheh is tracking the latest for us from
jordan. good morning, jomana. >> reporter: good morning, john. a really devastating bloody day yet again on wednesday in baghdad. those three attacks that you mentioned, the deadliest in satr city. the shi'a slum with 1 million people living there. a part car bomb detonated at a market when it was packed with shoppers. mothers with young children and lots of civilians there. car bomb resulting in 64 people killed and more than 90 others injured. late near the day, two suicide bombers attacking two different neighborhoods. one in northern baghdad and one in western baghdad. dozens killed and injured in the attacks. you mentioned isis claiming responsibility for the attacks saying it was targeting the shi'a paramilitary groups. as we have seen in the horrific
images in the aftermath of the attacks, many women and children, among the casualties of those attacks. really highlighting here isis ability while it has lost ground in western and northern iraq in recent months, these attacks we saw on wednesday are not the only attacks. we have seen similar bombings in recent weeks. coordinated attacks in northern iraq last week goes to show isis still has that ability to strike whenever and wherever it wants and yet again, john, there is talk this might not be the only reason for the attacks. it may be isis changing tactics trying to draw attention from the battle field and draw forces away from the battle field in northern iraq in mosul and to try to fortify baghdad with the attacks. >> and stoke sectarian violence in the region.
jomana karadsheh, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures rebounding from the sharp drop yesterday. european stocks down. asia stocks closed mixed. oil above $46 a barrel right now. two senators want airlines to end check baggage fees to shorten lines this summer. two wrote a letter to airline executives yesterday. they say there is 27% more rollerboard carry-ones compared to those that don't have fees. it claiming more people will check their bags. more travelers hit the skies. the problem is expected to get worse this summer. it will be a tough sale to airlines. they raked in $3.8 billion in bag fees. if travel is too slow for you. this may soon be an option.
>> three, two, one. start. >> that is the first public test of the high speed transportation system called hyperloop one. that metal shed tested the acceleration system. it reached 116 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. hyperloop one has a plan to start moving cargo by the year 2019 and carrying passengers by 2021. remember the old movies you would open up the pneumonic tube? >> i think it is cool. i also think the timeline is ambitious. "early start" continues right now. will the republican party rally around donald trump? donald trump heads for meetings today with house speaker paul
ryan hours from now. is there common ground to be found? can they make nice? will they be friends? hillary clinton blasting donald trump for refusal to release his tax returns. breaking overnight. george zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. you will hear his words ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, may 12th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. this is a big day on capitol hill for the republican party and donald trump. in hours, donald trump meets with the highest ranking elected official in his party. house speaker paul ryan. a week ago on cnn, ryan refused to endorse the republican nominee yet. now many republicans are pushing ryan to fall in line behind trump or risk fracturing the party. cnn's sara murray has the latest from washington. >> reporter: good morning, john